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Networks in Tropical Medicine: Internationalism, Colonialism, and the Rise of a Medical Specialty, 1890-1930 (Hardback)

Deborah J. Neill

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ISBN 10: 0804778132 / ISBN 13: 9780804778138
Edité par Stanford University Press, United States, 2012
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Networks in Tropical Medicine explores how European doctors and scientists worked together across borders to establish the new field of tropical medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book shows that this transnational collaboration in a context of European colonialism, scientific discovery, and internationalism shaped the character of the new medical specialty. Even in an era of intense competition among European states, practitioners of tropical medicine created a transnational scientific community through which they influenced each other and the health care that was introduced to the tropical world. One of the most important developments in the shaping of tropical medicine as a specialty was the major sleeping sickness epidemic that spread across sub-Saharan Africa at the turn of the century. The book describes how scientists and doctors collaborated across borders to control, contain, and find a treatment for the disease.It demonstrates that these medical specialists shared notions of Europeanness, rooted in common beliefs about scientific, technological, and racial superiority, led them to establish a colonial medical practice in Africa that sometimes oppressed the same people it was created to help. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780804778138

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Titre : Networks in Tropical Medicine: ...

Éditeur : Stanford University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Networks in Tropical Medicine explores how European doctors and scientists worked together across borders to establish the new field of tropical medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book shows that this transnational collaboration in a context of European colonialism, scientific discovery, and internationalism shaped the character of the new medical specialty. Even in an era of intense competition among European states, practitioners of tropical medicine created a transnational scientific community through which they influenced each other and the health care that was introduced to the tropical world. One of the most important developments in the shaping of tropical medicine as a specialty was the major sleeping sickness epidemic that spread across sub-Saharan Africa at the turn of the century. The book describes how scientists and doctors collaborated across borders to control, contain, and find a treatment for the disease. It demonstrates that these medical specialists' shared notions of "Europeanness," rooted in common beliefs about scientific, technological, and racial superiority, led them to establish a colonial medical practice in Africa that sometimes oppressed the same people it was created to help.

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"Networks in Tropical Medicine is a beautifully written - scarcely a sentence is wasted - and the book is a valuable addition to the literature that draws together and builds on the existing historiography." - James F. Stark, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History "No scholar, until now, however, has considered so carefully and so thoroughly the co-operative dimensions of late nineteenth and early twentienth-century European tropical medicine ... Neill has crafted a readable and interesting study founded on sound archival research with many novel insights." - Michael Osborne, Social History "Groundbreaking in that it challenges us to rethink the relationship between the emerging discipline of tropical medicine and the policies and practices of colonial health authorities." - Randall Packard, Bulletin of the History of Medicine "This work has made an important contribution to the history of medicine and its role in colonialism by tracing how medical networks functioned during a period of increasing hostility. The attention to detail coupled with an excellent overview of the development of tropical medicine as a scientific and medical specialty makes this work useful to specialists in tropical and colonial medicine, those new to its study, and students. For demonstrating both the strength and fragility of these networks and explaining the laboratory to field connection, while elucidating how a medical specialty was formulated, Neill deserves much praise." - John Rankin, Canadian Journal of History Networks in Tropical Medicine is one of the most substantial contributions to a new strand of research... [I]t not only offers an ambitious transnational analysis of European tropical medicine before 1914, but also provokes new questions that transcend the book's conscious geographical, chronological and thematic confines. Hence, one can only hope that this groundbreaking and thought-provoking book, situated at the intersection of studies in transnationalism, colonialism and the history of tropical medicine, finds a broad audience in all these fields and sparks further research along similar lines." - Samuel Coghe, H-Net

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